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New Support to Help ‘Energise’ Scottish Organisations



Zero Waste Scotland is calling on Scottish organisations to use less energy and make significant savings on their energy bills with a new package of support released today by the Resource Efficient Scotland programme.

The free support includes a series of training events and a new guide providing simple, step by step instructions, checklists and templates to help SMEs conduct an energy audit and take action to realise savings. Resource Efficient Scotland can also provide guidance on funding and offer one-to-one support to implement projects.

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficiency at Zero Waste Scotland said: “Resource Efficient Scotland has helped over 1,500 SMEs in Scotland to look at their resource use and find ways of making savings. On energy alone, the average cost saving identified is over £19,000 per business. And very often these savings can be realised by taking simple, no and low cost action.

“This new guide will show businesses how they can conduct their own in-house audit to find these valuable energy and cost savings. Business that take advantage and improve their energy efficiency can prepare their operations to face rising energy prices, increasing climate change legislation and the growing demand for environmentally responsible suppliers.”

Zero Waste Scotland estimates that Scottish organisations could save £2.9 billion every year by using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. The new guide adds to Resource Efficient Scotland’s range of free services that includes specialist one-to-one-one advice and support, training and funding.

The new energy auditing guide and training is available here.

Case Study: Multi Packaging Solutions Ltd identify £92,000 annual savings with Resource Efficient Scotland audit

International print and packaging company Multi Packaging Solutions Ltd identified over £92,000 after Resource Efficient Scotland performed a full audit of the facilities and processes at its site in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

The global company, which operates five manufacturing facilities across Scotland, identified a range of projects and simple improvements to reduce energy use across the factory. The audit confirmed that upgrading to efficient LED lighting across the site would provide annual savings of £80,000 within only 3.5 years of installation. A further £12,000 was then identified through low cost and free improvements, including £1,500 from reviewing space heating control settings.

Brian Morris, Quality Assurance & Business Systems Manager at Multi Packaging Solutions Ltd, said: “Resource Efficient Scotland’s audit was very useful. Having an additional view on how we control our processes and manage our systems helped us to identify potential opportunities for improvement. A fresh pair of eyes looking from the outside of the organisation can sometimes be the most valuable thing to ensure that we continue to identify and drive areas for improvement.”


A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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